The Future of BlackDroid and Windows 10 “Continue on PC”

Ever been sent a web link on your phone and wish you could read it on the bigger screen of your PC? How about editing a Word document on the run and wishing to continue it on your PC for further changes?

Microsoft has been thinking hard along these lines and has come up with a feature in Windows 10 (Preview) called “Continue on PC”. This feature is only for people who have signed up as a “Windows Insider” and as I type this is only available to the “Fast Ring” users. These are the early adopters. Both your PC and phone need to be on the same WiFi network for this to operate.

How does it work?

That being said, it’s only a matter of time before this gets rolled out, and it’s cool! Start on your Win 10 PC by going to Settings and you’ll see a new icon called “Phone”.

Click on that and you’ll see that you can add a new phone, in my case a Dtek60. Just enter your phone number to have Microsoft send you a text with a link to download the app.

You’ll then see that your phone is added to your PC.

 

Here you can see the app you’ll install. Choose the “For Windows Insiders” app.

Now you’ll have another “Share” item to choose called “Continue on PC”

Now you’re ready to rock! If you get a web link on your phone, it’s as simple as opening the link on your phone, choosing “Share”, then “Continue on PC”. You’ll see a “Continue Now or Later” message. Click on Now, et voila! Right now it seems to only want to open the Edge browser whether it’s your default browser or not.

If you have Microsoft Word on your phone you can send that document to the PC in a similar way. Choose the 3 line hamburger menu and click Share.

Then choose “Share as Link”.

And then “Edit Link”.

And here we have the “Continue Now” message again.

 

It opens up the document in the “Word Online” service you need to subscribe to.

Well that’s about it for now. I’ve tried music files and pictures, but failed with those. Perhaps those features and file types will be added in future updates, we’ll see.

What do you think of the direction Microsoft is taking? Are they on the right track? Sound off!

Canuckvoip

Dave Matthews here. I'm a phone guy by trade supplying VOIP systems for business and industry. BlackBerry devices, playing PRS guitars in my band, golf, and RC flight are my current passions.

  • BlueTroll

    Sounds an awful lot like BlackBerry Blend, but hampered.

    • Dave Matthews

      Blend is a bit different in that it gives you access to much of what is on your phone. This “Continue on PC” basically pushes content from your phone onto the PC without you needing to open an app. Web content just magically starts on the PC when pushed from your phone.
      Love Blend though, it’s sorely needed for BlackDroid.

  • Scot Henk

    Actually, I was thinking bridge myself, and anyone who can replicate, and improve on that particular concept is definitely going to have a good thing going. Probably the only good thing about the PlayBook when paired with a BlackBerry device

  • Dave Matthews

    BTW… YouTube content also seamlessly moves from phone to PC with this as well! Super cool!

  • Prem_Watsapp

    Edge… *sneeze* bless you, Microsoft!

    ;-P

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